Relive the memory of ‘Cats’ at SM Cinema

Get ready to dance and belt out some classic tunes as SM Cinema brings you Cats, a movie adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical.

Cats tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and their annual Jellicle Ball, a ceremony where a cat from the said tribe is chosen to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be granted a new life. We follow Victoria, a new cat taken in by the Jellicles when they witness her being thrown out by her owner, as she learns about her new home and all the unique cats.

Full of magic and music, Cats features a star-studded cast that includes Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Ian McKellen as Gus, Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, James Corden as Bustopher Jones, Idris Alba as Macavity, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, Taylor Swift as Bombalurina, and Francesca Hayward as Victoria.

Cats is a fun family film filled with memorable moments and songs to enjoy with your loved ones and what better way than to watch it than in Director’s Club Cinema, SM Cinema’s premiere theatre featuring plush leather seats and an in-house butler service so you never have to miss a single second of the movie. We will definitely be singing along once they sing ‘Memory’! SM Cinema Director’s Club is available in eleven (11) branches: SM Aura Premier, SM BF Paranaque, SM East Ortigas, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, S’Maison, The Podium, SM Puerto Princesa, SM Seaside Cebu City, SM Cagayan de Oro Downtown Premier and SM Fairview.

Watch Cats at any of the 60 SM Cinema branches nationwide! Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates! Satisfy your cravings at Snack Time, the official food concessionaire of SM Cinema, which offers a wide array of snack like popcorn, hotdogs and burgers to complement your movie watching experience. Follow /SnackTimeOfficial on Facebook for more information.

Meet the creepy ghosts in new remake of horror film ‘The Grudge’

The ghosts in Columbia Pictures’ new horror thriller The Grudge (in Philippine cinemas January 15) are rooted in the murders in the doomed Reyburn house of the Landers family, instigated by the mother, who brought the Grudge back with her from Japan.  Different individuals who enter the house and become affected by the curse themselves tend to have interactions with different Landers ghosts – and there’s a reason why.

Based on the Japanese film “Ju-On: The Grudge” written & directed by Takashi Shimizu, The Grudge presupposes that when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in the place of death, and those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.  

“The Grudge is a curse that manifests itself in different ways, depending on who it’s manifesting itself to,” director-writer Nicholas Pesce explains.  For example, Detective Muldoon (Andrea Riseborough) is dealing with the grief of losing her husband – so the ghost that primarily appears to her is that of Fiona’s dead husband, Sam.  “And Peter (John Cho), he’s all about being a parent, and the child ghost is the one that appears to him.”

Scene from Screen Gems’ THE GRUDGE.

The ghosts deliver something else that Grudge fans know and love from the previous films – their “croak” or death rattle.  The croak in the Japanese films comes from the sounds that Kayako makes when she dies, one which, Pesce notes, was made by filmmaker Shimizu himself.  “Even long before he made the Grudge movies, he used to creep up behind his sister while she was doing her homework and do that sound behind her head!  And it would make her lose it.”

Here, Pesce also wanted the ghosts to croak, based on how they die.  “But always knowing that it should be in the same world as the classic croak (which the director actually borrowed from the original film for a brief moment in the opening, when Kayako appears behind Fiona while she’s still in Japan).  “Sam’s is like a traditional Grudge croak – he fell down the stairs and his neck is twisted.  It’s a little bit more gurgly, because of the blood that’s pooling in his mouth.  Fiona had stabbed herself in the neck, so hers is a throaty groan, but a little wheezy, because her vocal chords and her throat are punctured.  And Melinda is more like a little girl shriek.  So we mixed that with the sound of screams underwater.  Because a child screaming is terrifying.”

John Cho in Screen Gems’ THE GRUDGE.

Directed by Nicolas Pesce, The Grudge stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin with Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver. With a screenplay by Nicolas Pesce and a story by Nicolas Pesce and Jeff Buhler, The Grudge is based on the film Ju-On: The Grudge written & directed by Takashi Shimizu. The Grudge is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise and is executive produced by Nathan Kahane, Erin Westerman, Brady Fujikawa, Andrew Pfeffer, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Powers Middleton and Schuyler Weiss. 

The Grudge is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #TheGrudge

Lin Shaye and Tara Westwood in Screen Gems’ THE GRUDGE.